Beside the Kitchen Table

Cast and Crew

Cast

In order of appearance.

Anna Dekowski Anna Dekowski
(Lily Buckland)
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Born and bred in East Sussex, Anna has been acting since a young age and is still loving every minute of it.

This year she has been part of the Ono Theatre Company where her recent productions include Antigone, performed at The Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone, in which she played the part of Antigone's sister Ismene. She also had the fantastic opportunity to perform at The Old Vic Tunnels in London in Uncle Montague's Stories from the Shadows, designed for children to help inspire them with their imaginative writing.

She is looking forward to performing in Beside the Kitchen Table, to explore her acting skills and work with new talented actors.

Andy Bridge Andy Bridge
(Paul Baker)
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Hailing from Yorkshire, Andy has made some bold choices when acting which have impressed directors and audiences alike, creating characters packed with charm and humour. To complement his acting skills Andrew is an experienced singer, musician and film maker.

His latest film was premiered at Brighton Film Festival 2011, as featured by GQ Magazine. He's worked on the Charlie Brooker Show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, the BBC Radio 2 comedy Chesney Bentings Mysteries and Vic and Bob's Lucky Sexy Winners for Channel 4. He'll be launching his own monthly night in Brighton in late November.

Benjamin Baeza Benjamin Baeza
(Michael Baker)
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Benjamin is currently spending a year out, auditioning for drama school to continue his passion and (hopefully) his career in acting. He has appeared in various shows around Sussex most notably Antigone (which was also staged at the Cockpit Theatre London) and Uncle Montague's Stories from the Shadows (at The Old Vic Tunnels).

He has also toured around the West Sussex area performing in schools and running workshops for the children there.

Kimberly Adams Kimberley Adams
(Laura Baker)
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Kimberley has recently graduated with a diploma in acting from The Academy of Creative Training here in Brighton. Public productions included How to Disappear and Never Be Found at The Nightingale Theatre, Brighton, Cranford at The Old Market, Brighton and the end of year showcase at Jermyn Street Theatre, London and The Old Market. She has spent many years singing professionally and prior to embarking on her acting studies was a vocalist with the local 10 piece covers band The Bootleggers.

Kimberley has a huge passion for new writing and is very excited to be working with such a creative and talented team.

Esme McManus Esme McManus
(Jennifer Baker)
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Esme is 18 and is currently studying double Performing Arts at Varndean College. She hopes to carry on her studies at University and aspires to be a drama teacher. Since the age of 14 she has performed in an amateur production Les Misérables and was fortunate enough to gain the main role in her school production of The City of Angels.

She's dedicated to exploring the different aspects of drama, especially the physicalisation of performance, and has taken part in several workshops through Brighton Little Theatre, which she is a member of.

Esme wishes to be in many more productions and is very excited about performing in Beside the Kitchen Table.

Amy Chandler Amy Chandler
(Abigail Baker)
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From a young age, Amy has had a passion for the performing arts. She recently performed in the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Barn Theatre in Southwick. She has been accepted to study a foundation course at ACT in Brighton.

Beside the Kitchen Table will be Amy's first local theatre production in a number of years.

Roy Edinburgh Roy Edinburgh
(Benny Stevens)
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Twenty one years in Brighton, Roy has lost count of the shows he's done, but the highlights would be leads in Bent and Trainspotting. He loves a challenge and this is his third sortie into the unknown with a new playwright. He is also a big fan of Mr Stoner's work and was delighted to get the chance to work with him. Good writing, good cast, good crew and good director - job done.

Production Team

Andy Stoner Andy Stoner
(Director)
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Andy, a proud Brightonian, has acted and directed both locally and professionally for over twenty years. He was a founder member of the award winning "Big Fat Theatre Company" before creating "Think Tank Productions" with John Azzopardi. Previous productions include, Blue Remembered HillsLittle Shop of HorrorsFantastic Mr FoxTeechersBouncers and An Evening With Gary Lineker. He is delighted to be working on a totally new piece of theatre and with such a talented, hard working and committed cast.

Jasper Kent Jasper Kent
(Writer)
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Jasper was born in Worcestershire and read Natural Sciences at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He spent almost two decades in the software industry before a complete switch of careers to become a writer.

His first horror novel, Twelve, was published in 2009 and followed by two sequels. The fourth book in the series, The People's Will, is scheduled for publication in 2013.

Beside the Kitchen Table is Jasper's first straight play, though in the past he has co-written a number of musicals.

To learn more about Jasper's work, visit www.jasperkent.com.

John Azzopardi John Azzopardi
(Costume Designer)
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Born in Melbourne, Australia, John comes from a background of operatic and theatrical costume and puppet making. Originally a performer, he now prefers to be behind the scenes whether in design, direction or producing. More used to period costume, he has found Beside the Kitchen Table an interesting project to work on.

Cath Prenton Cath Prenton
(Set Designer)
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Born in London and brought up the Peak District, Cath's design background includes fashion textiles, interior design, property development, parade float design, theatrical costume and set design. Many of Cath's designs have been for larger musicals and she is looking forward to working on a more intimate production.

Mike Medway Mike Medway
(Lighting Designer)
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From rock bands to opera, and from panto to Shakespeare - it seems there's no area of the performance world where Mike has not shone a light or two. He's the winner of four Arts Council Awards for lighting design, including Andy Stoner's production of Teechers at the Barn Theatre, Southwick.

Fresh from lighting Blake at the beautiful Baron's Hall at Arundel Castle as part of this year's Arundel Festival, Mike is really looking forward to working with the production team onBeside the Kitchen Table.

Aaron Burns Aaron Burns
(Properties)
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Aaron's love of theatre started at age 6 whilst watching Button Moon live on stage at Bath's Theatre Royal. Aaron is hoping he can help beside the kitchen table reach those same dazzling heights through his prop expertise which he has honed through years of dragging home tat from charity shops!